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Saint Clair Origin Pinot Gris Rosé 2017
One Case ( 6 Bottles ): £72.76
Country - New Zealand
Region - Marlborough
Grape Varieties - Pinot Gris 95%, Pinot Noir 5%
Alcohol by volume - 13%
Bottle - 75cl
Producer - Saint Clair
Tasting notes - Pale salmon in colour, a refreshing rosé with lifted aromas of sun-ripened strawberry, whipped cream and spiced pear. Beautifully balanced and finely structured on the palate with creamy fruit flavours of raspberries and strawberries leading to a hint of spice on the finish.
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Vibrant and creamy strawberry and raspberry fruits are
enhanced by spiced pear and a refreshing finish.
Neal and Judy Ibbotson were pioneers in the Marlborough wine industry, first
planting vineyards in the valley in 1978 and then establishing Saint Clair Family Estate
in 1994. They own 160 hectares of vineyard in 10 different Marlborough locations
chosen specifically for the attributes of their individual "terroir" and ability to produce
top quality grapes. Neal Ibbotson combines his extensive expertise in viticulture with
the talent of one of New Zealand's leading winemaking teams led by Hamish Clark.
Since 1994, when wines from the first vintage all won medals including gold, the
name Saint Clair has been synonymous with quality and its award-winning record
continues today. This is a sentiment shared by Bob Campbell MW, who says “Saint
Clair now makes the country’s and perhaps the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc”.
2017 Saint Clair navigated challenging weather conditions during véraison and the
harvest period. Flavours came into the fruit early and although the wines are a little
lighter in alcohol, they are still appreciably full flavoured. 2017 was a good year for
the early ripening varieties such as Pinot Noir, which had beautiful small bunches
and berries of very good quality.
In 2001 Saint Clair introduced a ‘grading system’ for each of its vineyards and marks
them out of 10 for quality each year. This provides valuable information in terms of
which vineyards provide the best fruit and which varieties produce the best quality
within each of the vineyards. The grading system is also used extensively as a
management tool for identifying and improving best vineyard practices. The
vineyards are carefully managed, using a sustainable approach with minimal use of
vineyard sprays, maintaining an open canopy with good light and airflow, leaf
plucking, fruit and shoot thinning and selection.
Made from a blend of Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir varieties, the fruit was machine
harvested in the cool of the night in order to retain freshness and capture the fruit
flavours. The grapes spent only a few hours on skins to extract the delicate flavour,
aroma and colour and were then carefully pressed. After settling, the juice was
fermented in stainless steel tanks at cool temperatures to retain fruit flavour and
freshness. At the end of fermentation the wine was stabilised and carefully prepared
Pale salmon in colour, a refreshing rosé with lifted aromas of sun-ripened strawberry,
whipped cream and spiced pear. Beautifully balanced and finely structured on the
palate with creamy fruit flavours of raspberries and strawberries leading to a hint of
spice on the finish.
An ideal match with salmon, grilled fish or summer salads
Pinot Gris 95%, Pinot Noir 5%
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- 6 Bottles
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